Book Launch: Insula Sacra a novel by Jack Hogan Sun 5th Nov 3pm the Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum

Rutland St., Limerick

THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE is pleased to announce the launch of

Insula Sacra – The Life of Limericks Sylvester O’Halloran by Jack Hogan

Sunday 5th Nov 2017 3.00pm – The Hunt Museum, Rutland St., Limerick

Insula Sacra (Sacred Island) is a factional novel about an 18th century Limerick surgeon who pioneered methods of treating cataracts, amputation and head injuries. He also inspired the foundation of a College of Surgeons in Dublin. Proud of his Gaelic heritage, Sylvester O’Halloran wrote significant histories of Ireland and contributed to Charlotte Brooke’s Reliques of Irish Poetry. His pamphlet Insula Sacra urged the preservation of Irish annals, leading to the setting up of the Royal Irish Academy. As a Catholic, O’Halloran welcomed Grattan’s attempts to gain independence for Ireland and to repeal the Penal Laws. Late in life, he supported the resistance to the Act of Union.
The book is published by The Limerick Writers’ Centre under their Community Publishing initiative and will be launched by ex St Munchin’s history teacher Austin Reid. All are welcome to attend.

Bio Jack Hogan
After teaching French and English for over 30 years, Jack Hogan took early retirement in 2001. Inspired by David Rice and his writers’ meetings, he got an assignment from Limerick Institute of Technology to write a history of the Limerick School of Art and Design, entitled ‘Small Beginnings’ (2004). During research on this, he learned about Sylvester O’Halloran and decided to write a book about his life and times, which is what he’s been working on for more than a decade. It is available to buy online at and from all usual outlets.

For further details: Dominic Taylor; Tel: 087 2996409; E: